It is finally here. At long last, the final chapter in the epic tale of Harry Potter has been released, and it is without a doubt THE summer movie of 2011. Complete with amazing action scenes, a bit of humor, and astonishing emotional resonance, Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is a non-stop thrill ride that will both please and sadden viewers.
Harry Potter and his friends are running out of time. As they search for the Horcruxes, Voldemort closes in on Hogwarts with the power of the Elder Wand in his hands. This race against time leads Harry, Ron, and Hermione back to Hogwarts, where they prepare for one last stand against Voldemort and his Death Eaters. It all culminates in a huge battle that will determine the fate of the Wizarding World.
The movie boasts many fantastic action sequences, but it also has a ton of tender moments involving characters we have come to know and love over the past decade. There are a few scenes that are just heartbreaking, especially for viewers who have grown up and really become close to these characters over the years. The overwhelming level of emotion makes the film’s events more believable. If it were all battle scenes and no real interaction between the characters, it would just be a typical action film. But that’s what makes this movie so great. It is not a typical action film. It balances the action and the emotion effectively so viewers do not grow tired of one or the other.
The acting here continues to be top notch. Daniel Radcliffe shines in his demanding role as Harry Potter, and his fellow leads, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, deliver brilliant performances as well. The three young actors have a special onscreen chemistry that is uncommon in Hollywood today, and they do a great job carrying the film. Alan Rickman, who did not get much screen time in last year’s Part 1, steals the show as Severus Snape. The guy is a phenomenal actor, and he really captures the Snape from the books. Ralph Fiennes does a fantastic job as Voldemort, and no other actor could have done a better job portraying such a complex villain. Helena Bonham Carter, who plays the evil Bellatrix Lestrange, delivers a strong performance as well, despite her smaller screen presence.
The main problem with the last Potter is the pacing. Some scenes are not given enough time to register with the audience, and other scenes drag a bit. A few pivotal scenes from the book are almost dismissed, and many fans will be upset that these scenes are not touched on enough. It really is a shame to see a few favorite scenes almost butchered because they are either rushed or omitted completely.
Overall, Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is a highly entertaining movie that features dazzling special effects and impressive performances from the entire cast. It more than lives up to the hype, and chances are the millions of people flocking to the theaters will be more than satisfied. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is a worthy conclusion to an amazing franchise, and serves as a perfect send off for everyone’s favorite boy wizard.